The Lazy Girl's Guide To Summer-Perfect Hair

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Not to state the obvious, but summer is hot. And, the last thing we want to do is spend an hour perfecting stick-straight locks or Gisele-worthy waves only to lose them in a wild, frizzy mess. That's why we called in Ulta stylist Jennifer McGann to help us find (and recreate) the absolute easiest style for every hair texture — all while using only two products.
Inspired by looks designers sent down the summer '14 runways and armed with products from Ulta, McGann teaches us how to embrace the locks our mamas gave us. Don't worry — there's not a ho-hum top-knot in sight. Now, pick up some thickening mousse and finishing spray, because your new go-to 'do is a spritz click away.
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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
For wavy hair, try: Zhushed-up pony
Inspiration: Honor

If you've got wavy hair, you're in luck because this floral pony has never been easier to achieve. All it takes is two styling products — and some flower bobby pins if you have 'em handy.
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To prep, McGann suggests starting with a sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses without stripping moisture.
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Once dry, pull your hair into a low pony and enhance your natural waves with a salt spray from the base of the ponytail to the ends. Add in a twist here, a scrunch there, a handful of delicate flowers if you're so inclined, and you're good to go.
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Photographed by Jacqueline Harriet.
For naturally textured hair, try: Volumized fro
Inspiration: Thom Browne

To play up your natural texture, you don't have to stress out your locks. In fact, this easy, breezy look only requires you to wash and dry with some crafty product cocktailing.
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On damp hair, McGann recommends gently combing a curl-enhancing treatment through your tresses. Then, flip your head upside down and tease out your ends for extra volume.
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Spritz some hairspray onto a paddle brush, then starting from your hairline, brush back your hair until you reach your ear. You want the hair on the crown of your head to sit flat. Then, criss-cross bobby pins into X marks all along the back of your head. A thin headband will also get the job done. Finally, add some shine to the ends of your hair with a dab of Biosilk.
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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
For straight hair, try: Braided updo
Inspiration: Nicole Miller

If your natural hair doesn't have a single curl or wave to it, add texture with the right mix of volumizing products and a sneaky braid or two to revamp a lackluster 'do.
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Whether your hair is damp or dry, work in a bit of volumizing product at your roots and tease with your fingers in order to build body.
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Take a two-inch section of hair on the right side of your head, above your ear, and make a messy braid. Secure with an elastic and pin it behind your left ear. Then, create a chignon with the rest of your hair and pin to the side. Spritz with a firm-hold hairspray, and your boho style is complete.
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Photographed by Ryan Koopmans.
For curly hair, try: Twisted knots
Inspiration: Zac Posen

Tired of the same bun day in and day out? This romantic, voluminous twist is a refreshing change and still keeps your hair off the nape of your neck for sweltering afternoons.
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On damp hair, liberally spritz a volumizing spray that'll help define your naturally curly texture. Let it air-dry or use a blowdryer with a diffuser. Once dry, pull your hair into a high ponytail and gently backcomb your curls with a teasing brush. Now, twirl one-inch sections of hair around your finger, then pin down around the base of your pony for a deliberately messy 'do.
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Stick a few flowers in there for a romantic vibe, or just let your tresses speak for themselves. Don't forget to spritz a finishing spray to help keep things soft and touchable.
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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
For fine hair, try: Blunt cut with some waves
Inspiration: Adeam

An easy trick to make fine hair look thicker is to get a straight, blunt cut. The shorter for summer, the better. Ahead, amp up fine strands into volumized waves with just a couple products.
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To get easy waves, work in a thickening lotion while letting your strands air-dry. Once they're damp (read: not sopping wet), grab one-inch, horizontal sections of hair, and roll them up around your finger before pinning them down with duck clips. Let them set while you finish the rest of your morning routine.
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Once your hair is completely dry, release the pin curls and use a volumizing dry shampoo for lift at the roots.

For more styling tips for summer, head on over to Ulta for easy tutorials.